JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The Missouri House gave initial approval to legislation to keep secret the identies of people who carry out executions.
The bill makes it illegal for anyone to knowingly disclose the identity of those on a team that carries out executions. That could include prison employees and doctors.
Supporters say confidentiality is needed to protect such people from retribution from doing their jobs. Opponents say it prevents public oversight.
State executions have been on hold since last year during a court fight over an inmate's claim that lethal injection is unconstitutionally cruel.
Michael Taylor was sentenced to death for the 1989 kidnapping, rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl who was waiting for a school bus.